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# Dixie County, Florida

 Founded Dixie County, Florida Map Location in the state of Florida Florida's location in the U.S. Statistics April 25, 1921 Cross City Cross City 864 sq mi (2,238 km²)705 sq mi (1,826 km²)159 sq mi (412 km²), 18.4% 16,203 23/sq mi (9/km²) Eastern: UTC-5/-4 Website: dixie.fl.gov

Dixie County is a county in the U.S. state of Florida. As of 2000, 13,827 people lived there. The U.S. Census Bureau 2005 estimate for the county is 14,647.[1] Its county seat is Cross City, Florida[2].

## History

Dixie County was created in 1921 from the southern portion of Lafayette County. "Dixie" is a common nickname for the Southern United States.

## Land

According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 863.66 square miles (2,236.9 km2), of which 704.01 square miles (1,823.4 km2) (or 81.51%) is land and 159.65 square miles (413.5 km2) (or 18.49%) is water.[3]

## People

As of the census[4] of 2008, there were 14,957 people living in Dixie County. In 2000 there were an estimated 5,205 households, and 3,659 families living in the county. The population density was 20 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 7,362 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 88.80% White, 8.98% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.03% from two or more races. 1.80% of the people were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,205 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.70% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of people living alone and 11.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county the people were spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 26.60% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 113.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 117.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,082, and the median income for a family was$31,157. Males had a median income of $26,694 versus$17,863 for females. The per capita income for the county was \$13,559. About 14.50% of families and 19.10% of the people were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 16.10% of those age 65 or over.

## Politics

In Presidential elections, Dixie County tends to vote Republican, although both Democrat Bill Clinton and Reform Party candidate Ross Perot did very well in 1992 and 1996.

Presidential elections results
Year Republican Democratic Other
2008 71.2% 26.4% 2.4%
2004 68.8% 30.4% 0.8%
2000 57.8% 39.1% 3.1%
1996 36.8% 45.6% 17.6%
1992 32.0% 42.4% 25.5%
1988 59.8% 40.2% 0.0%

## References

1. https://www.census.gov/popest/counties/tables/CO-EST2005-01-12.xls
2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
3. "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
4. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.